18 August 2010

SAIL Amsterdam 2010, August 19 - 23

Every five year SAIL, boat festival, takes over the IJ river showcasing impressive "tall ships", naval ships, and modern yachts for a weekend.

On Thursday check out the traditional parade from IJmuiden to Amsterdam from 10.00 - 15.00 where you will see hundreds of ships making their way to thier mooring places and preparing for the ceremonial salute from 13.00 - 15.00 at Sixhaven. Check out the rest of the program for more details and events.

06 August 2010

Pluk de Nacht, outdoor film festival

The best film festival of the year- Pluk de Nacht (loosely translated to: take the night, literally pick the night), August 5 - 15, starts at dark, FREE!

Every evening a new film, some art, a disco, food and beers on het IJ.  Check out the lastest fave o nteh net- Winnebago Man Friday August 13th.

Dragon boat race

European Nations Championship-Dragon Boat Race @ Amsterdamse Bos (bosbaan), August 13 - 15, various times, FREE!!!

31 July 2010


We have been missing in action for the past two months, due to some unexpected personal circumstances. We don't expect to be back up online and active until mid-August. 

Apoligizes on behalf of Busy in Amsterdam and hope you are enjoying the summer.

07 July 2010

Final party before renovation @ OCCII, July 11th

Party + Music: last party before renovation with the KUMBIA QUEERS @ OCCII, Sunday July 11th, 22.00 - 02.00, €5.

OCCII will undergo renovation this summer, so say one last goodbye and party with the Kumbia Queers- a "punk tropical" band from Mexico and Argentina.

02 July 2010

oops, we'll get there

We have been experiencing some technical difficulties over at BIA, and just realized you haven't seen any updates due to this problem! So sorry. We are working on it. Look for updates, if not tonight then later this weekend.

25 June 2010

A summer trip: Muiden, a Fort and a castle

Although Amsterdam has lots to offer we recommend you leave the city at least every once and a while and since the weather is so nice we thought we might include a suggestion for a nice summer bike trip to Muiden, a fort and castle just outside Amsterdam. An interesting bike trip is to Muiden a small town just some 15 kilometres southeast of Amsterdam.
There you will find Muiderslot, a Dutch castle located at the mouth of the river Vecht, which flows into what used to be the Zuiderzee (now IJsselmeer). It's one of the better-known castles in the Netherlands and has been featured in many television shows set in the Middle Ages.

If you are not into castles you could visit a fort just 30 minutes off the coast of Muiden. Fort Pampus which is part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Both sistes are great visits for kids and adults alike, giving you insight into Dutch history and its long relationship with the water.

24 June 2010

Desperate Housewives-esque party @ Tolhuistuin June 26th

Event: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES  @ Tolhuistuin, Saturday June 26th, 14:00 – 23:00, €5. 

A themed desperate housewives night with music, dance, workshops and food . Includes a high tea with "housewives" and complete with cupcakes and cucumber sandwiches! Moblie shopping trolley disco, housewives bingo, chocolade fontein, tombola, the price is right, fashion show and samba band Bumba Amsterdam. Dresscode - Betty Boob, Mien Dobbelsteen, Freddy (I want to break free) Mercury, Amy Housewine, bloemetjesjurken, and schorts.

23 June 2010

suggestion for the Day of Architecture outside of Amsterdam, June 27th

Event: Re-use of (agricultural) heritage @ Architectuurpark Makeblijde, Oud Wulfseweg 3, Houten, tour & cycling, Sunday June 27th, 13.00 - 17.00, FREE but need to bring your own bike for the bike tour, subscribe via e-mail: aanmelden@makeblijde.nl.

Houten is a new town developed around a small agricultural village alongside the trade route of the rivers towards Utrecht. The rural area around Houten is subject to transformation processes. Two events are planned for the Day of Architecture.

First is a bicycle tour of architecture in Houten. Departing from the Architecture Park Makeblijde you will cycle past four buildings recently converted into a contemporary home, a community centre and cultural and studio spaces. In collaboration with the urban historian Otto Wttewaall, you visit the beautiful old grain silo - the building of the cooperative, the old station of Houten, the farm Korteland and the former castle Wickenburgh. At each location, an expert will lead you through the building and give a lecture on the history of the place, the conversion and current use. For the return trip you will take the TRAP route, standing for touristic, recreational and archaeological projects with routes along major historical or archaeological sites.
The second event is a workshop about recycling and reuse happening at Architectuurpark Makeblijde through the tours. Together with the architect/designer Calanne Moroney and the artist Geert Hutsebaut, Architectuurpark Makeblijde creates an object as a place/furniture in the garden of the Architecture Park Makeblijde. Moroney is one of the initiators of the foundation raw, an initiative to build with recycled materials, especially in South Africa and is an independent architect, designer and builder and has a masters in ecological building and energy systems with a lot of experience in recycled materials and sustainable buildings. Geert Hutsebaut and Karin Christof will complete this workshop team, with their expertise as artist and architect respectively. (See http://www.campism.org/, and http://www.hamaai.com/ for more info). During this workshop 'Playback' examples of successful recycling will be used to create a very 'new' object.  The resulting objects will stay at the Architecture Park Makeblijde as the summer-exhibition to visit.

Monthly rommelmarkt /flea market @ Blijburg, Sunday June 27th

Market: Monthly market @ Blijburg, 11.00 - 16.00, FREE. 

A monthly (every last Sunday of the month in summer) market "uit kofferbakken" out of your boot/trunk with lots of clothes, gifts, music, food, and fun. If you want to sell stuff yourself mail kofferbakmarkt [at] gmail.com it costs 5 euros to stand out on the urban beach trying to make your sale! but otherwise free for shoppers and browsers.  Afterwards enjoy the beach.

22 June 2010

Flea market @ NDSM werf, June 27th

Open Air Flea Market / Vlooiemarkt @ Ij-hallen, Amsterdam Noord, Sunday June 27th, 9.00 - 16.30, 3.50 1.50 for kids. You can take a free ferry to NDSM-werf from behind Central Station, leaving every half hour, or buses 91 and 94 get off at Klaprozenweg.

This is a monthly market (it is huge). Lots of stuff for filling a house, antiques, toys, furniture, knick-knacks, etc... furthermore the stands change frequently and this outside/open air version is much larger than the inside market. There is also music and food & drinks available. Go find something Kitsch Kitchen-esque??:) at half the price.

Day of Architecture, June 27th and 28th

Event: National Architecture Day @ various locations throughout NL- see ARCAM for Amsterdam events, Sunday June 27th, 10.00 - 17.00, €7.50/ticket includes access to all buildings including the busses touring from project to project.

The annual National Architecture Day takes place throughout the Netherlands, with sites openingtheir doors for tours and exploration. The theme this year is ‘Re-use’. The Amsterdam event, hosted by the BNA (Association of Dutch Architects) and ARCAM, will spotlight recently reused/renovated buildings, each with their unique story and rebuilds (some finished and others in process).

Buildings that will be opened for public:

1. Kraanspoor, Kraanspoor
2. MTV Networks Benelux, Neveritaweg
3. NDSM-loods, Neveritaweg
4. Smederij, Neveritaweg
5. Silo’s Zeeburgereiland, IJburglaan (the future the Annie M. G. Schmidt house)
6. Slibvijzelgemaal Zeeburgereiland, IJburglaan
7. Kauwgomballenfabriek, Paul van Vlissingenstraat
8. Burgerziekenhuis, Linaeusstraat
9. ARCAM, Prins Hendrikkade 600
10. The Bank, Rembrandtplein (a new office centre and supermaket at Rembrandt square)
11. De Bazel, Vijzelstraat (Opens at 11.00)
12. Duintjer CS, Vijzelstraat
13. Schijnheilig, Passeerdersgracht 23
14. De Hallen (tramremise), Bellamyplein
15. Centrale Markthal, Jan van Galenstraat 4
16. Toren Overhoeks, Buiksloterweg

21 June 2010

Cirque Excentrique @ Blijburg, Saturday June 26th

Party: Cirque Excentrique @ Blijburg, Saturday June 26th, 22.00 - late, €8.

A crazy night of surprises, tunes and fun on the beach - Miami Beach style!

20 June 2010

Sleazefest @ Timboektoe, June 26th

Party: Sleazefest @ Timboektoe, Wijk aan Zee, Saturday June 26th, 18.00 - late, 9 euro 99 cents:).

Another round of the Sleazefest (#12) makes it way to the beach this time. With a line up 10 live bands (reverend beat-man sixtyniners, anacondas, honeyfly), rock 'n roll djs and the best party you will find on beach to set the summer off right!

18 June 2010

Pecha Kucha Night - summer edition @ Tolhuistuin, June 23rd

Event: Pecha Kucha Night @ Tolhuistuin, Wednesday, June 23rd, doors open at 20:50 (it's always sold out so get there on time, not fashionably late) starts at 21.30, €7, some presentations in English others in Dutch.

A modern spin on show-in-tell, Pecha Kucha Night shows it face again on Wednesday night for the summer edition. With 12 presenters sharing their images, new projects, brilliant thoughts and inspiring topics on 20 slides of 20 seconds. Check out the line-up: Nalden (Nalden.net), Leonard van Munster, Rob Voerman, Zelda Beauchampet, David Mulder/Max Cohen de Lara (X-M-L), Walter Langelaar (Moddr), Joris van Tubergen (Protospace), Hessel Stuut, Menno van der Veen (Welcome to Youtopia), Piet Meeuws/Job Martens (Also Starring), Dim Balsem, Bram Esser.

16 June 2010

Art In Motion, experimental German film festival @ Smart Project Space June 18th - 20th

Film + Festival : Art in Motion Festival @ Smart Project Space, Friday June 18th - 20th, various times, various prices.

The Goethe instiute Amsterdam and the Smart Project Space have held an on-going film series "Art in Motion" which explored the multi-faceted history of experimental fimmaking in Germany since the beginning of the 20th century to present. The conclusion of the series features a special three day festival which features a wide range of films, lecutres, documentaries, disucssions, and music.

Open Tuin Dagen / Open garden days, June 18th - 20th

Event: Open Garden Days @ various gardens in the City, June 18 - 20th, 10.00 - 17.00, €15 for all three days.

The annual Open Garden Days organized by the Amsterdam Canal Museums takes place again on the third weekend of June. Thirty canal gardens will be open to the public around the theme 'Courts and Community Gardens'. Starting locations include: Bijbels Museum, Herengracht 366-368; Huis Marseille, Keizersgracht 401; Museum Van Loon, Keizersgracht 672; Amnesty International, Keizersgracht 177; Museum Willet-Holthuysen, Herengracht 605. A map can be found on the Open Garden Days site.

Mid-Summer Market @ Tolhuistuin June 20th

Market: Midsummer Market Noord @ Tolhuistuin, Sunday June 20th, Sunday June 20th, 13.00 - 18.00, FREE.

The monthly fashion, art and design market take shte stage at the Tolhuistuin. thsi market, usually held in Westerpark, is a platform for designers, and artists to showcase their work which includes: interior deisgn, ceramic, fashion, vintage, jewerly, accessories, drawing, "affordable art" as well as good food, drinks and tunes.

15 June 2010

Amsterdam Roots Festival @ Oosterpark, June 17th - 19th

Festival: Amsterdam Roots Festival @ Oosterpark but also at five other locations/clubs, June 17th - 20th,  various times, FREE.

The annual Amsterdam Roots Festival presents music, dancing and presentations for a weekend of 'Voices' - an emphasis on the urban voices of the hip-hop. All types of music including Portuguese fadoster, Congolese rumba, reggae, rough funk, antillian tunes, flamenco, etc.. The festival is free and everyday from Oosterpark from 12.00 - 22.00 with seven podium in the park, which also includes a world market with more than 100 market stands.

La Nuit Blanche, night of June 19th

Event: La Nuit Blanche / All night art festival @ throughout the City, Saturday June 19th, 19.00 - 07.00, FREE.

All night/12 hour festival: music, shows, art installations, private and public galleries, haunted play house/circus. WIth events at various locations including: Tolhuistuin, Illuseum, de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam Centraal, Street Lab_, but also throughout the center. Rocket Cinema will be presenting train classics on spoor 2 at the train station with "Murder on the Orient Express", "Brief Encounter" and "The Great Train Robbery" with dj's, bands and singer songwriters playing a new soundtrack. But be sure to check out the Illuseum with a funky party and the GPS guided trip for your fun evening.